Nature and prevalence of elder abuse in the Netherlands

Nature and prevalence of elder abuse in the Netherlands

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Summary

There is little current knowledge about the nature and prevalence of elder abuse in the Netherlands. The assumption is that with the increased ageing of the population, the elderly continuing to live at home longer, and the growing emphasis on self-sufficiency, the problem can become exacerbated in the future if we don’t have sufficient control of prevention and intervention. Against this background, a study is conducted on the nature and scope of elder abuse.
The study took place in Rotterdam, Tilburg and Boxtel. Several frameworks were set in advance in order to define the research: (1) the elderly who participate in the study are 65 years old and older, and (2) the elderly who participate in the study live at home. A distinction is made in this study among five forms of elder abuse, specifically neglect, psychological abuse including violation of rights, physical abuse, financial disadvantage and sexual abuse.

Publication data

Author(s):
Bakker, L., Witkamp, B., Timmermans, M., Janssen, J., Lindenberg, J., Werter, A. (ass.), Boerhoop, R. (ass.), Gorter, M. (ass.)
Organization(s):
Regioplan Beleidsonderzoek, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, WODC
Place of publication:
Amsterdam
Publisher:
Regioplan
Year of publication:
2018

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